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All photos by Ray Toh

For many in Qatar, the novelty of this week’s foggy weather may be starting to wear off, thanks to traffic jams and flight woes.

But photographer Ray Toh has a different take. On his Facebook page, he writes:

“This week is a special week for many, residents seeing extreme weather condition in Qatar turning Qatar into a mountainous heaven. Wasn’t this a great way to end 2016 and to welcome a more (unique) and amazing Qatar?”

However you feel about the weather, foggy conditions are expected to continue over the next few days in different parts of the country.

And forecasters said residents can expect to see scattered fog until at least Tuesday.


All photos by Lance Cenar

Thousands of Christians in Qatar flocked to the Religious Complex in Mesaimeer yesterday and today for Christmas prayer services.

The complex is hosting dozens of services in various languages and denominations to accommodate the faithful.

For example, at the Catholic Church of Our Lady of Rosary, prayer services were held in English, Italian, Spanish, Tamil, French, Arabic and Malayalam yesterday.

Lance Cenar

Gift giving

After services, many visitors could be seeing taking photos, singing songs and participating in general merriment as part of the festive season.

As usual, traffic in and around the area was busy yesterday, and will continue to be hectic today.

Hotel celebrations canceled

Elsewhere in Qatar, residents marked Christmas by opening presents, visiting friends and family and heading out to eat.

Many however complained after a spate of hotels canceled some of their festive season celebrations at the last minute.

Chantelle D'mello / Doha News

Photo for illustrative purposes only.

The Radison Blu, Hilton Doha and Shangri La all posted on Facebook that the cancelation of Christmas carol singing or appearances by Santa were due to “circumstances beyond their control.”

This has caused some to wonder whether the government ordered the move.

The Qatar Tourism Authority, which regulates the country’s hospitality industry, did not respond to questions about this from Doha News.

Others theorized that the hotels were acting out of solidarity with Aleppo.

A week ago, Qatar’s National Day celebrations were canceled due to the worsening humanitarian situation in Syria.

Are you celebrating Christmas today? Thoughts?

All photos courtesy of Qatar Museums

One of the daughters of late boxing legend Muhammad Ali has taken a private tour this week of a Qatar exhibition dedicated to his life and career.

Jamillah Ali, the twin sister of Rasheda Ali and one of the boxer’s nine children, visited the Museum of Islamic Art on Monday, Qatar Museums said.

There, she observed the 22 artifacts that comprise the Muhammad Ali: Tribute to a Legend exhibition.


The temporary exhibition launched in July. It includes signed items from the boxer, as well as memorabilia from various points in his career.

There’s also footage of a trip to Qatar he made in 1971, when his daughter was only one year old.

For those who haven’t checked it out yet, the exhibition will remain free and open to the public until Feb. 25, 2017.

Reem Saad / Doha News

Muhammad Ali exhibition

After that, some of the pieces in the exhibition will find a permanent home in the redeveloped Khalifa International Stadium’s 3-2-1 Olympic and Sports Museum.

Ali also met with QM Chairperson Sheikha Al Mayassa Al Thani during her trip to Qatar.